Fishing Tips Blog Posts

Fall Fishing

November 20th, 2017

One of my favorite books—”My Health is Better in November” by Havilah Babcock, poet laureate of South Carolina—always comes to mind this time of year. Havilah’s love for the wonderful abundance of fall fishing and hunting opportunities here in the Lowcountry is reflected in many of his books. On Hilton Head Island and in the… Read More…

The Strike of the Speckled Seatrout

October 20th, 2017

Armed with a set of fangs that would make any snake or vampire jealous, a voracious appetite and an explosive strike, the speckled seatrout ranks in the top three inshore game fish, along with flounder and red drum. Often attacking prey their own size, the strike of the seatrout is hard to beat. One nice… Read More…

Battling Big Bull Reds

October 5th, 2017

Better weather, thinner crowds and bull redfish swarming inshore waters are all reasons to celebrate the arrival of fall in the Lowcountry. The 20- to 50-pound bulls are here or offshore all year but, during this season, they come close in big numbers with catches of 20 or more fish in a trip not at… Read More…

The “Big Dogs” of Summer

August 15th, 2017

The dog days of summer are here and August is a great month to catch what I call the “Big Dogs.” This trio of tackle-busters, all available near or inshore, offers anglers big game thrills. Two of these fish, the tarpon and the blacktip shark, often weigh over 100 pounds and put on awesome aerial… Read More…

Airborne Acrobats: Silver King and Blacktip Sharks

July 14th, 2017

We had just put a fresh menhaden on the hook and tossed it out when the water exploded. Ten feet in the air shaking his bucket mouth, the silver king then reentered the water and went into overdrive. The line screamed off the reel and, then, it was over. This scenario is replayed over and… Read More…

Battle In The Deep Blue: Catching A Mahi-Mahi

June 25th, 2017

The calm sea exploded around the skipping ballyhoo, the rod bucked wildly and the fish took to the air. There was no doubt we were hooked up to the most beautiful fish inhabiting the deep blue waters of the Gulf Stream: the dolphin (fish), more commonly known as mahi-mahi. Young Robert Lyon, the third generation… Read More…

Big Game, Small Boats Angling for Cobia

May 9th, 2017

The heart of Cobia season is upon us. Local anglers, rejoice! Cobia offer big-game angling for the smallest of boats. Currently the state record is at 92 pounds, 10 ounces, a whopper fish for sure, but I have seen several over 100 pounds. A little 65-pound Cobia swam right up to the boat last year, and… Read More…

Seriously Sheepshead: A Fishing Tale off Hilton Head Island

March 17th, 2017

The slight, almost imperceptible tug on the rod tip signaled the sheepshead had taken the crab in its mouth. Pulling back gently to tighten the connection, I waited for the second tap. At this point, history has taught me that it may be too late—the crab crushed and the fish gone. But there it was,… Read More…

Successful Speck Fishing

November 21st, 2016

In the summer, charter fishing clients frequently ask, “What do you do around here in the winter? Is there anything to fish for then?” These questions always bring a smile to my face because—as all resident anglers know—winter on Hilton Head Island offers some of the best fishing of the year. Cooler weather brings cooler… Read More…

Time for Tarpon

September 22nd, 2016

Caleb had just tossed the live menhaden out. The rod immediately bent double and the line sizzled off the reel. Thirty yards behind the boat, the chrome-plated behemoth went ballistic, giving us a show of acrobatics second to none. And then, in the blink of an eye, he was gone. Caleb looked at me with… Read More…

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